Thailand is world-renowned for its festival culture. There are longstanding cultural events include Songkran Festival (National water splashing ritual to celebrate the new year), Phi Ta Khon (Mask ghost festival Isaan culture in the Northeast), and Yi Peng Festival (Lantern releasing even in Chiang Mai). The country does such a fabulous job at bringing crowds together to eat and share the beauty of the Thai culture, Chiang Mai Flower festival focuses on this natural beautiful through a showcase of the regions finest orchids. Thais and tourists to flock to "The Rose of the North" for a lush display of colorful floats, gardens, and cultural events showcasing the country’s most beautiful flowers. My sister Christina, a Hawaiian resident, joined my along for the ride up to this weekend of flower power. Here is quick look at my week in Chiang Mai:
The vibe felt very hometown. It wasn't overly former or commercialized. Tourists and locals lined up along the sidewalks, but we were able to walk into the middle of the street to take a good photo as the float went by. The dancers and participants were incredibly patient and stopped along their route to take pictures with peace-signing tourists. We were tempted to walk into the street and followed the trend during a full stop. Parents followed their kids, and partners followed their significant others wiping their sweat and feeding cold water to the beauty queens and kings frying in the Thailand sun. Floats are prepared in just days before the festival, since the fresh flowers need to be at their peek for performance.
Keep reading on Jesca's blog: http://www.jescaprudencio.com/blog/seduced-by-orchids-at-chiang-mai-flower-festival